Israeli security cabinet agrees to cease-fire with Hamas in Gaza

Israel has agreed to a cease-fire with Hamas and Islamic Jihad in the Gaza Strip, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office announced on Thursday.

Netanyahu’s security cabinet, in a late-night meeting, approved the Egyptian-brokered deal to end nearly two weeks of fighting.

Several local reports said the cease-fire would begin at 2 a.m. local time Friday, which is 5 p.m. ET Thursday.

There was no immediate reaction from Hamas.

The diplomatic efforts for a cease-fire intensified on the 11th day of deadly violence between Israel and militants in Gaza, as airstrikes again hammered the enclave.

UN chief Antonio Guterres told the General Assembly on Thursday that “the fighting must stop immediately,” calling the continued hostilities between Israeli forces and Palestinian groups “unacceptable.”

“If there is a hell on Earth, it is the lives of children in Gaza,” Guterres said.

President Biden on Wednesday had urged a “significant de-escalation” — which Netanyahu publicly rebuffed, vowing to forge ahead with military operations.

With Post wires

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